JRL Protests against Braid-Cutting in IOK

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday staged a protest in Srinagar against authorities’ failure to stop braid-cutting incidents.
According to media sources, scores of workers of various pro-freedom organisations took part in the protest staged at Abi Guzar lane near the Lal Chowk. The protesters were holding placards with messages urging an end to braid-cutting attacks. “Stop braid-chopping”, “Attacks on dignity of daughter not acceptable” and “Attacks on Kashmiri women and braid chopping is a ploy to intimidate Kashmiris” were some of messages written on placards. The growing incidents have forced people to form local committees in every locality who remain awake throughout the night to ensure no braid-cutting incident occurs. These incidents have already created fear psychosis across Kashmir with fear griping the womenfolk who find it very difficult to venture out of their homes. Those who participated in today’s protest programme included Zamrooda Habib, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Ghulam Qadir Baigh, Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar , Imtiyaz Hiader, Siraj ud din Mir, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Advocate Yasir Ahmad Dalal, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataiee, Nisar Hussain Rather, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Abdul Hamid Alaie, Muhammad Sideeq Hazari, Sahil Ahmad War, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh and Firdous Ahmad Shah. KASHMIR VOICE
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4 Braid-Chopper Soldiers Thrashed, Vehicle Set Afire in IOK

Srinagar, October 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, agitated people thrashed three Indian soldiers, who were believed to be braid choppers, and set their vehicle on fire after checking their identity cards at Kangan in Ganderbal district.
According to media sources, the personnel from Territorial Army traveling in a private car were moving in a suspicious way when a group of people stopped them and demanded their identity cards. As the identity cards revealed that they were soldiers, the people understood that they were braid choppers and started thrashing them. The soldiers were rescued by an army party from a nearby camp. The army action infuriated the agitated protesters who set the car on fire. As the news spread in Kangan town, shopkeepers downed their shutters while youth took to streets and pelted the Indian forces’ personnel with stones. A police official confirmed that three army personnel were thrashed by the people. Similar incident took place in Kralpora area of Kupwara district when locals caught hold of a territorial soldier soon after braid chopping of a woman in the area. Calling him a braid chopper, the people thrashed the soldier. A video of the incident also went viral. Indian army intervened in the matter and rescued the soldier. The incident triggered massive protests in the area. Reports from Uri said that people also caught hold of two braid choppers and thrashed them in Dachna Salamabad. Police rushed to the spot and rescued them from the protesters. Meanwhile, a fresh braid chopping incident was reported at Beehama in Ganderbal district. Compete shutdown was observed in the area against the incident. KASHMIR VOICE
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Braid Chopping Forces People to Secure Houses in IOK

Srinagar, October 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, growing incidents of braid chopping have forced people to install iron grills on windows and doors of their houses in north Kashmir, particularly in Baramulla district.
According to media sources, those who cannot afford iron grills have installed hooks to hold an iron rod on the bedroom doors or windows to secure their houses. Mohammad Iqbal Najar of Uri area of Baramula district, whose wife Hafiza lost her braid on Monday to braid choppers inside their cowshed, said that he had now secured the door with an iron rod. Naseer Ahmad, another resident of Boniyar in Uri, said that they too had installed iron rods on the windows and doors of their single story house. Sameer Ahmad, a resident of Zandfarn said that women in the village were no longer visiting orchards or kitchen gardens, while even men were keeping away from mosques in the evening times. Altaf Ahmad, a resident of Pattan said that they had covered the towers of their house with tin sheets and logs. Moreover, groups of villagers are also keeping vigil during nights. KASHMIR VOICE
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